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The Showman of the Pacific - 50 Years of Radio and Rock Stars Hardcover – December 16, 2005

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Book offers backstage pass to a legend's life

Tom Moffatt's autobiography, "The Showman of the Pacific: 50 Years of Radio and Rock Stars," is the astounding history of an entrepreneur who helped shape the entertainment climate in the Islands for the past five decades.

The 234-page book, "as told to" Jerry Hopkins, benefits from Hopkins' skill in encapsulating history and breathing life into significant events. It's like having a backstage pass to Moffatt's life as a now-legendary rock and pop promoter and radio deejay, who has made the acquaintance of many an American idol.

Moffatt's story begins in South Lyon, Mich., near Detroit, where Moffatt was a jock, actor, deejay, dishwasher and radio wannabe. He left home for the University of Hawai'i with plans to become a radio jock.

In conversational first-person monologues, Moffatt hosts a tour of his life. Among the highlights: his tenure as a deejay at K-POI Radio, which had an integral role in reeling Hawai'i into the Age of Rock, and his move into promoting musical acts.

Along the way, Moffatt developed show-biz friendships with Jimmy Buffett (Mr. Margaritaville), Eddie Sherman (retired three-dot columnist), Neil Sedaka (teen idol turned lasting pop star), and Sid Bernstein (former manager of The Rascals, and the man behind The Beatles' Shea Stadium gig in New York).

Of course, Moffatt's friendship with Col. Tom Parker, celebrated manager of Elvis Presley, is there. And The King has ample play, too, in photos and in text (he's mentioned the most, on 33 pages). --Wayne Harada, "The Honolulu Advertiser" (copyright 2006)

About the Author

One of America's premier showmen, Tom Moffatt has produced hundreds of concerts and performances in nearly every entertainment genre, in the U.S. and throughout the Pacific. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, with his wife, Sweetie.

Jerry Hopkins has written more than 30 books and 1,000 magazine articles. He was a correspondent and editor at Rolling Stone for 20 years and has written best-selling biographies of Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix. A former long-time Hawaii resident, he now resides in Thailand.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Watermark Publishing; 1 edition (December 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975374079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975374078
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,425,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven L. Roddy on February 26, 2006
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I grew up in Honolulu during the early sixties and Tom's book brings back so many memories. The British Invasion shows at the HIC, Led Zepplin at the old Civic, the crater concerts, the Golden Hibiscus Contest, the Poi Boys, each is a gem. My father worked for the competition at KORL and KULA. What a hoot ! Thanks Tom for all the great entertainment over the years. This book is a must buy for all music fans in the Aloha "state of mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By intoblues on September 6, 2013
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This is most likely the best book on the who's who of the greatest era in rock music. Unfortunately there
aren't any photos of many of the important groups. As for the author, Tom Moffatt had a very interesting life
back in the glory days of rock.
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By Megan Lucas on April 7, 2013
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After listening to Uncle Tom every weekend it was great to read more about his fantastic life and the contribution he has made to Hawaiian entertainment all these years.
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By Grandbunny on August 20, 2009
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The book is in the condition described, and it arrived in a timely manner - I'm very pleased with my purchase and would do business with them again!
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